On Monday, Alexander Juarez says his wife was scrolling through Instagram when she came across some disturbing and offensive posts written by a local Beverly Hills realtor. "My wife shared with me a couple of messages that were a little disturbing."
One of them being "Mexicans are dirty."
That realtor, Lauren Houston - sing the screen name "lolohouston" posted a series of comments on Instagram in response to the activist group, Black and Brown United For Change.
Her first few posts said: “Get these thugs out of our country... we need a wall... are you kidding!!! Go Trump.”
Then came the more offensive posts.
Houston wrote "Her thing on her head...Ew." apparently referring to an African-American woman's hairstyle and finally the comment "well they are dirty Mexicans."
The postings prompted outrage by dozens of Instagram users who alerted Houston's boss, Sam Real. He took quick action firing Houston and posting this message: "At the Sam Real Group, we believe that every individual no matter what their skin color, race or ethnicity is equal in every way. We do not tolerate hateful or racist speech in regards to the comments made by a member employed by Sam Real Group. The employee in question has been terminated from the group. Again, on our behalf please accept our apologies."
We contacted Houston and left messages requesting an interview, but she hasn't returned our calls. Her firing has once again fueled the on-going debate about responsible social media posts - especially given the divisive political environment.
From Gina Silva:
Hate and anger is constantly spewed on social media. It's nothing new. You've seen it, people going back and forth as if their opinion is going to change the mind of the other.
Healthy debate is good but when it crosses the line and shows a person's racist views, it can get that person in big trouble.
Here is an example of how stupid comments on the web can come back to haunt you.
Lauren Houston is a real estate agent. Up until Tuesday, she worked for Sam Real Group in Beverly Hills. She was fired for posting racist comments on an Instagram account.
Those who read the comments did a little digging and discovered where Lauren worked. They contacted her employer and showed him the screenshots of her comments.
Take a look at full story by reporter Stephanie Stanton.